Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

When can my baby start swim lessons?
Healthy babies can begin swim lessons starting as young as 12 weeks old.

Why should I start swim lessons for my child at a young age?
Children are more likely to accept the water and instruction at an early age. The behaviors of automatic breath holding and swimming movements begin to fade as early as three months. Exposure to swimming provides them ideal exercise. Children are not restricted to gravity and benefit from the cardiovascular exercise that swimming provides. Starting early gives babies a head start on learning basic swimming skills while also improving bilateral coordination and balance.

Katz JCC Swim Lessons: Lenny Krayzelburg Swim AcademyShould I sign up for private or parent tot classes?
Both class structures are designed to ensure your child receives the best care. If you are looking for your child to learn at a quicker rate, we suggest signing up for a private one-on-one class. However, if you are looking for a more relaxed and less expensive class we suggest trying one of our group classes.

Should you eat before a swim lesson?
We recommend our students not eat a large meal before a swim lesson. All students under the age of two should avoid food (especially dairy products) 2-3 hours prior to each lesson.

Should I be visible during my child’s lesson?
The teacher will have a hard time keeping a child’s attention if they see their parent or guardian. We advise having the child’s parent or guardian out of sight to ensure the child forms a bond and trust with their teacher. Often times, if a child senses there is a sympathetic person close by who will save them, they will become emotionally stressed and not perform well in their swim lesson. We believe it’s important for a parent or guardian to know what’s going on during each swim lesson, however, we recommend they stay within a distance where they child can’t see them.

Should I take lessons year-round?
We offer year-round swim lessons for all ages. Also, we believe swimming is a fun way to stay active throughout the year. Experienced students who are confident and comfortable in the water tend to remember how to swim even after a long break. Young students rarely lose skills they have learned in the past, however, they may lose confidence over time affecting their reaction in a water emergency.

What should I do if my child doesn’t want to take a swim lesson?
Our certified swim instructors are trained to assist in helping all students become comfortable in the water. Moreover, water safety is our main priority and we believe in teaching all children how to save themselves in a dangerous situation. We recommend meeting with the instructor before the lesson to ensure your child is comfortable with their teacher and begins to form a trusting bond.